Using the Sirota “No More Tears©” Paper Piecing Method

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I love two color quilts.  And my original "So Many Triangles" is perfect for two colors, or two color-ways. but if you  look at the colorful quilt to your left, you'll see what random or scrappy trianges do to the pattern. 

 

If you’re anything like me, you love paper piecing because of the accuracy you can achieve, but it can be a very time consuming process. Well…not any more. My "No More Tears© Method" of paper piecing not only achieves the expected accuracy, but does so in about half the time of traditional paper piecing. Imagine having a finished quilt where every triangle is set perfectly, and, it’s completed quickly. Although we probably won’t finish the entire quilt in class,  you’ll be well on your way to finishing it after class.

Our Class Sample

"In the Groove"

41" x 41"

In this workshop we’ll take the mystery out of:

The basics of paper piecing

The "No More Tears"© Method

Sew Many Triangles basics

Precise block and quilt top construction

FABRIC SELECTION

 

Please, keep it simple, and keep in mind that we’re here to learn a new method, and maybe not create the ultimate Sew Many Triangles masterpiece. Ideally, we’re looking for as many or as few different fabrics to use.  Just be sure that there is good contrast.  Look at all of the pics on the page to help you decide.*Contrasting fabrics make your Sew Many Triangles quilt shine.

This class is less about design and more about technique. Like anything new we learn, we want it to become habit, and if we’re focused on design, it takes away from our practice time.  

*Contrasting fabric means any 2 fabrics in colors or patterns that will stand out on their own and make the lines of your quilt top “crisp”. They can be solids or 2 small prints that read as solid from a distance.  When selecting your fabric, avoid directional prints, large prints, or 2 prints that share a common color.

CUTTING SPECS

Start with 1 yard of each fabric unless you’re using different fabrics of the same color, or all different colors.and then use scraps and/or fat quarters cut to the specifications below.  There will be some left over to allow for any whoopses. 

 

If using fabric off the bolt, all fabric is cut cross grain or selvage to selvage.  These measurements assume at least 40” of useable fabric.

FOR YOUR TRIANGLES

  1. If using fabric off the bolt, cut four 3 ½” strips from each fabric for a total of 4 of each color.  Otherwise, skip this step and continue below.​

  2. To start, you’ll need twelve 3 ½” x 3 ½” squares of each colorway, for a total of 48 squares.

  3. Cut the 48 squares in half diagonally for a total of ninety six half-square triangles of each color

FOR YOUR BACKGROUND

You can use one fabric for your background (the diamonds) 

or alternate fabrics, as long as there's contrast to the triangles.

  1. Off the bolt:  Cut six 2 ½” strips from each fabric, if cutting from off the bolt. Cut the fabric into thirty two 2 ½” x 7” rectangles.

  2. From scraps:  You'll need thirty-two 2 ½” x 7” rectangles

Bring to Class

  • Your pre-cut fabric

  • Sewing machine with a new needle, thread, bobbin, all-purpose foot and a ¼” foot

  • Pins, size 7 basting needle, and just in case...seam ripper

  • Rotary cutter (with a new blade)

  • Pen or pencil 

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  • 6" x 12" rotary cutting ruler

  • Cutting mat -9' x 12" is fine

  • Highlighter (any color)

  • Add-a-Quarter ruler – optional 

  • Fabric and Paper scissors

  • Invisible Scotch Tape

  • Oral B Pro-Health Comfort Plus Floss

SEW MANY TRIANGLES...SOOO LITTLE TIME

Paper Piecing for the 21st Century